Happy Days! It’s a whopping 2o F, I have mold in the corner of my bedroom and my back is ‘out’ in that weird way, where I can walk around in heeled shoes but not flats, I can make the bed (albeit carefully) but if I try to pick something up off the floor…well, those of you in Des Moines and Tokyo who heard that scream? That was me, picking up a twist-tie. Damned twist-tie. Thank Floyd the dogfood tote is full. I had to crawl over there and use it to lever my poor, busted self up, shrieking like a 3rd grade girl and trying not to wet my pants. And the dogs running over to lick my face because I’m down on the floor – so obviously I must want to play, right? Y’all stop laughing! I can hear you, you know! Stop it!
But through all the travails, I have been smelling GOOOOD! Let me tell you about some new, fabulous scents.
Liz Zorn Arts/Soivohle Anubis.2012 seemed to spark a resurgence of interest in death and the afterlife and when I first heard of Liz’s new absolute, Anubis, I was expecting another take on that. And, to some extent, it is – if there’s a way to discuss the afterlife without including Death in the conversation, I haven’t found it. But even though he has a really scary visage, Anubis isn’t Death. And he’s not a monster. He’s a Protector. In recognizing and honoring that, Liz tilted the conversation a bit, focusing on Anubis’s honorable occupation – the caring for the dead – and the ‘ritual and devotion’ (Liz’s words) inherent therein. And the scent reflects that honor, that devotion. I was expecting some heavy, ponderous, grave scent..but what I got was a much warmer notion; here we are celebrating the notion of those who carefully prepare us for our final journey on this plane, the acceptance of the cycles of Life on this plane, and the joyful possibilities of Life Beyond. I got much more of a sense of Life than Death with this scent. All that…and it’s gorgeous!! This chiaroscuro scent has some intriguing notes, done in Liz’s inimitable style. Per the Soivohle site : freshly turned earth, sacred spices and oud, a hint of tuberose and jasmine, carnation, wild oranges, a hint of rose, immortelle, patchouli, sweet myrrh, amber, moss and musk. The absolute concentration, far from making this heavy, actually gives it a bit of sparkle! 4.5 ml absolute $85. Get all the info at Liz Zorn’s Soivohle website. My sample of the absolute came from Soivohle
CB I Hate Perfume Invisible Monster
Like every 6yr old boy, my brother was obsessed with Jonny Quest. The fabulous adventures, the great friends…the plane…Bandit, the super-cute dog…the fab dad. The turtleneck. I was in thrall to Race Bannon, of course. Sexy hunka mercenary (though I was 9 – I had n real idea about sex. Or mercenaries. )…..but the coolest part was just the ‘coolness’ of it all. and because I am a synaesthete, there were colors and smells attached to that show. They were always slate green, blue and white which is the coolest, most fabulous color combination EVAH! And I always knew that no matter where they went or what Crazy they got into Big Poppa Race would be there to Save the Day. Oh, Race. I had such a crush on you. And in my world, you would Save the Day in Invisible Monster! It’s a Green Lover’s Green – really slicey green-galbanum with a little gleam at the end, like the monster’s fangs. Or Race’s teeth as he saves Jonny and Hadji (yet again) from the monster. I see myself wearing this on a cool, damp summer morning. Or Race could wear it….when he wakes up…after his shower. I’ll spritz it on him when I bring him his coffee and towel off his, erm, back. Hey! I’m not 9 anymore! Notes are: To Yo Ran Orchid, Sumac, Galbanum, Vetiver, Oakmoss, Cedarwood and specially designed accords that capture the smell of the islands in the Susquehanna River. If anybody knows how to capture ‘smells’ of places, it’s Christopher Brosius. I get the Monster in the Water…AND the Monster Warrior! My sample is from the Water Perfume which is $80/100 ml. That, and the absolute options, are a vailable at cbihateperfume.com
and if anybody know’s Race’s phone number….?